Saturday, November 10, 2012

Instant Language

Hello and welcome to this weekend's new Quiz. Today it is about something very close to our hearts: communicating in a foreign language by using your Smartphone, but without having to learn the language first. Is this possible?

Well, a Japanese mobile phone operator has developed some technology which brings this idea a step closer. Listen to Neil and Jen discussing this question. Read the questions first before you listen. Here is the official question:

1. How many languages are there in the world? Is it:
a) about 100; b) about 1,000: c) about 6,000 

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.

2. A device has been developed in Japan which could save language learners ____ ____ ____ of study. [3 words]

3. How does the Google voice translator work according to Richard Taylor? It .......... [complete the sentence with the information you hear.]

4. What's the difference between the Google translator and the Japanese technology? The Japanese system ......... [complete the sentence with the information you hear.]

5. (The Big Question) How accurate is the translation? Is it exact? The Japanese translator says it is ________, but not _______. [two words]

6. Does Jen think these new technologies will put an end to language learning? She says  .......... [complete the sentence with the information you hear.]

7. Jen thinks that speaking a foreign language is one of ______ _______ _______. [three words]

Now listen to the programme. When you have finished use either the Tag Board (see right) or the Comments to give us your answers.

And I hope as many people as possible can take part in this week's Quiz! I will have more for you very soon.

Have a good weekend! Yours,



4W18WF said...

This is Class 4W18WF's answers:

1. (Official question): (c) 6000

2. 'hours and hours'

3. The information is sent to the server, the server makes the translation and sends a text file back to the smartphone. If you pay more, it sends a voice file.

4. The Japanese system allows you to speak in real time.

5. 'understandable but not perfect'.

6. These apps are always useful but will not put an end to language learning.

7. 'one of the biggest pleasures in the world'.

Livia said...

1) c
2)hours and hours
3)When you talk into your smartphone it send to the server: it does a real time voice recognition, the translates on it and then send back the text or voice file. So you read the translation or, if you pay a little bit more,listen to it.
4)You can have an actual conversation with someone on the otherside of the world, speaking differet languages
5)understandable; perfect
6)she hope not; she says that these types of technologies are helpful but nothing will ever replace learning a language
7)live's great pleasures